California-based writer and photojournalist David Bacon is Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio. On the show we discuss the current border crisis, the detention of children from Central America, and the way this is being manipulated politically by the Tea Party and the right wing. We also address why people are coming here from Central America, including some history of the role of the U.S. -- from the war, through the sweatshop economy and CAFTA, to the policy of mass deportations that transferred the gang culture from Los Angeles -- and much more.
David Bacon's writing appears regularly in major publications and his photography has been exhibited internationally. He is the author of "The Right to Stay Home: How US Policy Drives Mexican Migration" and "Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants." For 20 years, Bacon was a laborer and labor organizer for unions in which immigrant workers made up a large percentage of the membership. His work gave him a unique insight into changing conditions in the workforce, the impact of the global economy and migration, and how these factors influence the struggle for workers' rights.
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz; Apprentice: Ken Martin; Photographer: Roger Baker. Rag Radio (koop.org/ragradio) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (TheRagBlog.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern time) and on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1 on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (Central). Contact: email@example.com. Running time: 56:44.